Hospice dream comes true

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds have been raised by scores of people in the Weston area to help bring the dream of a new hospice alive

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds have been raised by scores of people in the Weston area to help bring the dream of a new hospice alive in North Somerset.Pupils at Worlebury St Paul's First School (pictured above) paid for the privilege of pulling on their wellies as part of the mammoth fund-raising effort for Children's Hospice South West,The hospice opened a new base at Charlton Farm in Wraxall last week, which will care for children across the region who suffer from incurable diseases.Fund-raising group Weston League of Friends, which formed four years ago, managed to raise an amazing £140,000 for the charity.Group member Sandra Freke, who lives in Milton, said: "We have held all sorts of events and taken part in crazy activities to raise funds for this much-treasured charity. I've even jumped out of an aeroplane."We held a very popular ladies night that raised a staggering £3,000 in one night alone. "It's not only fund-raising we take part in, we also volunteer at Charlton Farm, taking groups of people on tours - we have got to know the new hospice inside out. Above all, everyone in the group is so pleased that Charlton Farm will be welcoming its first families very shortly. The new hospice is absolutely fabulous, it really is a home from home.


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